Shopping the closet worked…

dievca didn’t look pregnant and received multiple compliments on the dress. Note – its been long enough since Melania Trump wore the Big Pink Dress (2017) and its still in style. Plus, it was the perfect choice for an outdoor event.

Wipe the sweat off that brow – whew!


Fashion vs. Styling: they are not the same.

What Is the Difference Between Style and Fashion? There is an overlap between style and fashion, but a good rule of thumb is that style relates to the individual, while fashion is more collective.

One Dapper Street Fashion vs Style

”Fashion” is tangible clothes, the ones you see in stores, in magazines, and on celebrities.
“Style” is intangible.
‘Style is how you take the fashion and interpret it into an outfit or look that makes you feel like you. It’s not all about the fashion or trends but rather accepting yourself, working with what flatters your figure, finding what tickles your fancy and wearing wearing what makes you confident.’Laurie Brucker, certified image consultant, personal stylist and speaker.

Why is dievca pondering this difference?
Fashion vs style 2she wants to determine the ratio of classic clothing vs. fads she needs in her closet to look unique.
she doesn’t want a uniform, but she doesn’t want too keep ten million pieces, either.
The Marie Kondo credo doesn’t make dievca feel comfortable – but the ’30 use’ rule seems to apply better.
Will you use an item approximately 30 times in your Life? If yes, keep it.

Is that enough to create dievca’s style using Whering?  Probably.


They made such a to-do

Jill Biden Tightsabout Jill Biden’s tights…and dievca immediately thought “Rock It, Lady”!

The First Lady is 69-years-old and giving her personal fashion a go  – its right up there with the octogenarian NY-ers dievca loves seeing – they are killing it with their leopard tights.

dievca wants to be bold in her aging and Master loves stockings. Akira Chicago was offering really fun fishnet tights to help her process.

akira-rhinestone-detail-mesh-fish-net-tight_black_2 Uhh, apparently the Akira tights are sold out. Here is another pair from ASOS by Ann Summers.


Let’s Talk Shoes – a short History

Shoes have, through history, revealed much about the wearer – from their social status to their sexual appetite…

Status

Shoes have long been great indicators of your social standing and wealth. From the 13th century a new pair of shoes was only available to the wealthiest or highest ranking members of society: shoes were handmade by skilled craftsmen, using prohibitively expensive materials. As such it was inevitable that shoes were seen as a status symbol.

Poulaine

The medieval poulaine, for example – a long, pointed shoe worn by both men and women was a style taken to the extreme by gentlemen of wealth: a poulaine that posed a hindrance to walking, and made climbing stairs almost impossible, immediately indicated that the wearer was a man of independent means who didn’t need to work and therefore concern himself with sensible footwear.

The longer versions were also expensive and difficult to make, but many thought the style ridiculous and lewd, so sumptuary laws were passed capping toes to a mere 5cm (2 inches).

Tudor Foot Bag with SlashesBy 1500 the poulaine had all but disappeared, and was later replaced by the Tudor footbag. Characterized by its very wide toes, the shoe derived its name – and the alternative ‘cow’s mouth’ – due to its breadth. The girth of the shoe was again an indicator of status: note, for instance, the impressively wide shoes worn by Henry VIII.

Some shoes sported soles that reached a width of 17cm (6.5 inches), and again sumptuary laws were passed to curb this ‘excessive’ style.

Sexual proclivities

The long pointed toe of the medieval poulaine was not only an indicator of status, but also of the wearer’s masculinity – and, by inference, his sexual proclivities.

Winklepicker 1960The pointed toe has resurfaced numerous times through history. It’s apparent in the form of the winklepicker in the 1950 and 1960s – a pointed toe found on men’s shoes and often on women’s stiletto heeled court shoes, whose name was derived from the sharp pin used for prying winkles from their shells – and in designer Vivienne Westwood’s ‘penis shoe’ Spring/Summer 1995

Vivienne Westwood Penis Shoe SS 1995

Provocative

Pompadour Shoes 1750 V&A MuseumIn the 18th century, French fashion dominated. One particularly popular style of shoe was the high, French, ‘Pompadour’ heel. Named after Madame Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV, this heel was incredibly narrow-waisted, and curved inwards under the foot. They were notoriously difficult to walk in, but made the most fantastic boudoir shoe. An 18th-century satirical poem said of them: “Mount on French heels, when you go to the ball – Tis the fashion to totter, and show you can fall.”

By the 1890s, heels on women’s shoes reached heady heights with the very fashionable style known as the Cromwell. This was a high-heeled shoe with a tabbed front and buckle, called the Cromwell in the mistaken belief that buckles were worn on the shoes of Oliver Cromwell and his followers in the first half of the 17th century. In reality, at that time his followers were wearing practical low-heeled leather shoes fastened with a latchet tie.

Cromwell Shoes Charles Hind 1889The extremely decadent Cromwell shoes could have heels up to 16 cm (6¼ inches). Such a high-heeled shoe caused consternation at the time. Wearers were ridiculed, and apparently cartoons of the day carried images of women needing sticks to walk, or helping hands either side of them.

Towards the end of the 1890s these exaggerated heeled shoes became very popular with women who entertained in the boudoir, thereby solving the problem of walking in them, but making them unwearable by ‘ordinary’ women.

Passion

White wedding slippers symbolize purity, and black is often worn for work or attendance at a funeral, but what about red?

Red has long been a significant and powerful color in part due to the expense involved in obtaining red dye. Red shoes were the prerogative of Roman senators and later, the emperor, and popes have worn red since the 13th century. Red-heeled shoes were also popular in the 17th century.

Red shoes also symbolize danger and passion, the very start of life, and the end.

Red Shoes tribute to victims of violence Photo-istock

Recently, across the world red shoes have been used to symbolize and protest violence against women.

Identity

Shoes can express identity, and indicate the cultural group to which the wearer belongs. As far back as Ancient Rome, all people were duty bound to wear the correct footwear – whether non-citizen, citizen, senator, priest or soldier. This meant you could see where individuals were positioned in society simply by the footwear they wore.

CaligaThe Roman soldier wore a style with an open toe and an open lattice upper, known as the caliga. It was a practical style, strong and well-ventilated for endless marching.

The emperor and high-ranking officials, on the other hand, wore the campagus – an open-toed boot, laced at the front.By Olivier Paris, re-enact Roman Campagus of about 100 B.C. For high ranking official

Red soles and heels equal power and identity – from the red heels of King Louis XIV, to the red soles of expensive Louboutin’s today. From the 1660s the flamboyant King Louis XIV of France became one of the most influential men in Europe, and was responsible for several fashion trends including the high red heel, either covered with red Morocco leather, or painted.

red heels of King Louis XIVRed was a symbol of wealth, only worn by the King and his court. The high heel not only elevated the short Monarch above the masses, but also alerted onlookers to his high status. Gradually the red heel filtered down through the classes and became a sign of fashionable sophistication.

Louboutin heels

A “Thank You” to BBC History Extra and Rebecca Shawcross. She is the author of Shoes: An Illustrated History (Bloomsbury, 2014)


la bella figura

In Italy, there’s an expression known as la bella figura, in which Italian natives not only dress to impress but also exhibit their brightest, best personalities when in the company of others. Libra transits help us achieve that kind of inner and outer beauty, making us feel like the fairest of them all.

dievca working on it….a work of art in progress.


“This old thing?”

Midwestern weather in February calls for winter dressing.

dievca dug into her closet and came up with older items that still generated a couple of compliments.
she was astounded.

A whole discussion on fashion and Bricks & Mortar VS. Online Shopping occurred in an airport restaurant because of her coat. The discussion continued because her flight seatmate worked for ShopBop.

Two adorable Millennials noticing the exhausted Generation X-er’s style – a shocker.
Who said that women over 50 are marginalized?


Men’s Timeless Basics (via Master)

Dressed-Well-Man-002dievca ran into this post from a website: Real Men – Real Style

Oddly enough, her Master – who hates being bound by rules – seems to follow most of the theses – uhh- “guidelines”. Some partially (2, 4, and 5)

1. “Give a Damn” – Care about your appearance.
2. Know Your History – Be aware of the menswear that came before yours.
3. Do Not Be Afraid to Lead – Sometimes you’ll be the best-dressed man in the room.
4. Know Your Why – “rules” are there for a reason, even if they can sometimes be broken.
5. Understand Clothing Fit – A good fit should always be your first priority.
6. Buy Clothing That Will Be In Style Years from Now – avoid temporary trends.
7. Buy the Best Quality You Can Afford – shop slowly, buy smart.
8. Practice Wearing Your Best – wear the good stuff.
9. Know Your Environment – dress appropriately, dressing up or dressing down.
10. Buy Clothing That Is Interchangeable – Clothes that work together.

With this in mind, dievca sent Master a list of Men’s “Timeless Basics” and he edited the list as He saw fit.  If anyone has some more input for the list, Gentlemen or Ladies – let us know.

Behold, Master’s Basics (photos of Master’s clothing at the end) :

  1. Dress Shirts (White + Various Colors)
  2. Dark Sport Coat / Blazer
  3. Dark Gray / Charcoal Suit (Some men would say that a dark blue suit is standard)
  4. Black Dress Shoes
  5. Work / Dress Pants
  6. Khakis / Chinos
  7. Corduroys
  8. Jeans. One black. One blue.
  9. Casual Shoes: Sports shoes (jogging, tennis), Loafers & Boat Shoes
  10. Watch
  11. Hats. Baseball hats. Flat hats. Fedoras are rare.
  12. Scarf
  13. Two V-neck wool sweaters.
  14. Dress Coat
  15. Everyday Jacket
  16. Trench. The trench had become rare. Lots more down jackets.
  17. Down Jacket
  18. Leather Jacket
  19. Polo shirts
  20. Fitted T-shirt (for wear for layering)
  21. Shorts
  22. Knapsack/computer bag
  23. Sunglasses
  24. Neckties. Two solid (red, blue) Two striped.
  25. Belts. One black. One brown.
  26. Gloves
  27. Boots. For cold weather climates.

Also included in Master’s reply:

The major changes in men’s fashion in the last 50 years involve…
  • Hats (I’ve seen baseball caps on older men).
  • Briefcases (getting rare…standard is a soft computer bag).
  • No vests.
  • Few men wear bow-ties unless they are trying to make a statement.
  • Men rarely wear undershirts under dress shirts.
  • Bright colors and wide ties are gone.
  • Men’s clothing is very sports-oriented these days.

Now, Master’s Closet:

Dress Shirts (White + Various Colors)

Dark Sport Coat / Blazer

Dark Gray / Charcoal Suit (Some men would say that a dark blue suit is standard)

Black Dress Shoes

Work / Dress Pants

Khakis / Chinos

Corduroys

Jeans. One black. One blue.

Casual Shoes: Sports shoes (jogging, tennis), Loafers & Boat Shoes

Watch

Hats. Baseball hats. Flat hats. Fedoras are rare.

Scarf

Two V-neck wool sweaters.

Dress Coat

Everyday Jacket

Trench. The trench had become rare. Lots more down jackets.

Down Jacket

Leather Jacket

Polo shirts

Fitted T-shirt

Shorts

Knapsack/computer bag

Sunglasses

Neckties. Two solid (red, blue) Two striped.

Belts. One black. One brown.

Gloves

Boots. For cold weather climates.

dievca’s Master isn’t a flashy dresser. What you see is most of His closet. He always says that He is the simple backdrop for His dievca’s splendor. But, the quality of His items are good and they look clean, neat and handsome against his eyes and hair color.
dievca is proud of Her Master’s simple style.